Packers: Five standout performances from Week 1 win vs. Vikings

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Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams, Dalvin Cook
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Top five performances for the Packers in their Week 1 victory.

With a 43-34 win, the Green Bay Packers and the 2020 season are off and running.

The offense looked much better in this game than they did for most of head coach Matt LaFleur’s rookie season. The running game was the catalyst for what was a big day for the Packers offense.

The Packers built the offense with the run and misdirection plays. It seemed the Packers used the jet sweep more than I have ever seen them used it before. And with good reason. The Packers kept earning chunks of yards on that play and were able to build other plays off the same look.

The set up by those plays gave Aaron Rodgers and company a lot of time to get receivers open in the passing game. And with injuries to Billy Turner (game day inactive), Lucas Patrick (shoulder), Lane Taylor (knee), the offense needed any extra benefit it could.

Rodgers was more decisive than we have seen in recent games as well. He went through his progressions quick and used his running backs well to get some yards instead of holding the ball. When it was all said and done, the Packers offense could not be stopped.

There is some pause for concern as the defense gave up a lot of yards and points. Most of it was after the Packers were up by double digits but there should still be some concern when you give up 24 points in any quarter under any situation.

The defense did hold the Vikings to only 10 points until the fourth quarter. The defense held up well despite the loss of Kenny Clark (groin) in the second quarter. Hopefully the injury is not serious and he’s able to get back with minimum missed time.

It was a good way to start the 2020 season for the Packers. Here are the five performances that got the team there.